Time doesn’t change, it reveals. I keep wondering, did the pandemic come to break marriages and cause all the havoc we are witnessing in our society. But no, this has only exposed how shaky our marriage foundations are. Matthew 7: 25 – and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall. If only we were keen on marriage preparation like the past generation where they were taught on their responsibilities and how to handle conflicts.
The foundation which your marriage was on before the pandemic provides the strength you need to weather through this storm. Unfortunately, we have so many who are married for the wrong reasons; focusing on external factors such as money, good looks, position, and status. But, we all know these things don’t matter now as people are now spending without saving. What about the good looks? Are they still essential? These factors have only left marriages in a moral and spiritual crisis. The truth of who we are has been exposed; we valued our jobs than family and now we have to deal with the consequences of creating a wall of separation. Most couples feel suffocated by having their partners work at home. This only shows how we were hiding behind our computers and businesses.
Marriage today is not failing because it is more demanding than in the past years – we have weakened the foundation. Christ is the solid rock upon which marriage should be built on for when all else fails He will hold you. Sadly, we are ignoring these foundational truths and conforming to the ways of the world which in the end do not satisfy us. So, do you have a close relationship with Christ or are you just going through the motion?
A community is as strong as its marriages and families. Our main focus is finding the supposedly right person to marry without first focusing on becoming the right person. We all want to have a blissful marriage but, how many are willing to follow God’s instructions that, if well obeyed, would guarantee loving and committed marriage. Marriage is hard work not a walk in the park; getting a spouse and settling down is not an achievement but staying happy is.
But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love- Revelation 2:4. This is why most marriages are failing; we have embraced religion and forgotten to work on a genuine relationship with Christ. No wonder Jesus said we honor Him with our lips but our hearts are far from Him. We can’t disregard the Solid Rock and expect to withstand the storm, Christ has to be at the center of your marriage. There is no life outside Christ, for in Him we live, move, and have our being. A.W.Tozer said; “millions of professed believers talk as if Christ were real and act as if He were not. And always our actual position is to be discovered by the way we act, not by the way we talk”
Therefore, let all seize this moment and go back to God so He can heal and restore our marriages. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you; He is a perfect gentleman and doesn’t force Himself on men. It’s time we irrevocably devoted our marriages, spouse, and children to God through prayers. Only when Christ is your anchor that you are guaranteed a happy marriage.
Author: Paula Tome (Founder: Raising Marriage Remnants Foundation)
Contact: 0786 499 899
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